A. J. Foyt IV

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Anthony Joseph Foyt IV (born May 25, 1984) is an American football scout and former racing driver. He is a scouting assistant for the Indianapolis Colts, and drove in the IndyCar Series and briefly the NASCAR Busch Series. He is the third generation of the famous Foyt family.

A. J. Foyt IV
AJ Foyt IV at Foyt Wine Vault - 2015 - Sarah Stierch 2.jpg
Foyt at the opening of the Foyt Wine Vault in Speedway, Indiana, in 2015
NationalityAmerican
BornAnthony Joseph Foyt IV
(1984-05-25) May 25, 1984 (age 36)
Louisville, Kentucky
Achievements2002 Firestone Indy Lights Series champion
IndyCar Series career
84 races run over 7 years
Best finish14th (2007)
First race2003 Toyota Indy 300 (Homestead)
Last race2009 Bombardier Learjet 550 (Texas)
Wins Podiums Poles
0 1 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
11 races run over 2 years
Best finish74th (2006)
First race2005 Sam's Town 250 (Memphis)
Last race2006 O'Reilly 300 (Texas)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0

Football career
Indianapolis Colts
Position:Scouting assistant
Career history
As an executive:

He began his career racing karts. He moved up through the open wheel racing ranks, winning the 2002 Infiniti Pro Series. When Foyt made his first Indianapolis 500 race in 2003, he became the youngest driver to start in the event. He continued in IndyCar for two more years until his back was injured at the 2005 Indianapolis 500. Later that season he made several NASCAR Busch Series starts. He was scheduled to continue in the Busch Series in 2006, but the team was bought out and his contract prevented him from driving a non-Dodge car. He returned to IndyCar late that season. He has not raced since 2009, although he drove for his grandfather's A. J. Foyt Enterprises team in trials for the 2010 Indianapolis 500.

Personal lifeEdit

Foyt was born on May 25, 1984, in Louisville, Kentucky,[1] but lists his hometown as Hockley, Texas,[2] the long-time residence of his grandfather and four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A. J. Foyt, who guided him through much of his career. He is the son of Nancy and thoroughbred trainer Tony Foyt. His cousin, Larry Foyt, also raced cars.[3] He spent much of his early years working with some horses trained by his father at the horse stables of Churchill Downs before his family relocated to Texas when he was six years old.[4][5] Foyt is a June 2002 graduate of Waller High School.[6][7]

Foyt appeared in the 2005 film, The Dukes of Hazzard,[8] and is an avid Texas Longhorns fan.[9] He married Indianapolis Colts vice-president Casey Irsay, daughter of team owner Jim Irsay, in July 2009. They have three children.[10]

Early career in IndyCarEdit

Foyt began racing Junior Dragsters as a nine-year-old after a family friend and his uncle purchased a dragster for him and won two championships with it.[5][6] He progressed to racing karts on paved road courses and dirt tracks where he remained for the following six years,[3][5] before going on to drive formula race cars in 2001. In 2001, he won six of nine SCCA events to claim the Southwest Regional championship. He finished third in SCCA's national point championships and was the series' Rookie of the Year.[2] That same year, he competed at the World Karting Association's Dirt World Championships at Daytona Beach, Florida and finished second in the Briggs Heavy feature event. Foyt competed in his first USAC Silver Crown event that August.[2] In early 2002, he worked for his grandfather's team A. J. Foyt Enterprises in its race shop and as a pit lane crew member for driver Airton Daré.[11] Foyt was later signed to drive for the team in the newly formed Infiniti Pro Series in mid-year. Foyt won the championship with four wins and four pole positions in seven events.[2][12]

After passing his rookie test at Texas Motor Speedway on October 31, 2002 allowing him to obtain an Indy Racing League (IRL) racing license,[1][13] he progressed to Foyt Enterprises' IRL IndyCar Series team for the 2003 season, finishing 21st in the final standings.[2] Foyt currently holds the record for the youngest driver to race in the Indy 500. His rookie race in 2003 occurred on his 19th birthday. He took the record from Josele Garza who was slightly over 2 months older for his first start in 1981.[14]

He continued to struggle in the IndyCar Series, finishing 18th overall in the 2004 season points and falling to 20th in the 2005 series. In the 2005 Indianapolis 500 Foyt was involved in an accident with Champ Car World Series driver Bruno Junqueira, who sustained a fractured back. The season did not improve as the team switched from Toyota to Chevrolet power mid-season[15] and Foyt was replaced for the late-season road course events by Jeff Bucknum.[16]

NASCAREdit

In October 2005, Foyt announced that at the end of the 2005 season, he would leave Foyt Enterprises and drive in the NASCAR Busch Series for the No. 38 Akins Motorsports team and was signed as a developmental driver for Evernham Motorsports. He competed in the final four rounds of the 2005 Busch Series in the No. 38 car, and finished outside the top twenty in all of them.[17] After the season, he moved from Texas to Charlotte, North Carolina, and was scheduled to run the entire Busch Series schedule in the No. 38 and be a competitor for the Rookie of the Year award.[18] However, early in the 2006 season, Akins was purchased by Braun Racing, which switched the No. 38 from a Dodge to a Chevrolet. Foyt had an exclusive contract with Dodge that prevented him from continuing with the team.[19] After seven races,[20] he was released by the team due to poor performances, Atkins merging with Brawn and changing manufacturers to Chevrolet.[21] Ray Evernham found Foyt employment driving FitzBradshaw Racing's No. 14 car,[22] but Foyt failed to qualify for his first race at Richmond International Raceway with the team and has not attempted a NASCAR race since.[23]

Return to IndyCarEdit

2006Edit

On September 5, 2006, Foyt was tapped by the 2005 IndyCar Championship team, Andretti Green Racing, to replace injured regular AGR driver Dario Franchitti. Foyt drove the No. 27 Dallara Honda in the IRL season's final event at Chicagoland Speedway and finished 14th.[24]

 
Foyt Driving at the Milwaukee Mile in 2007

2007Edit

In January 2007, Foyt signed with Vision Racing to return to the IRL for the 2007 season as well as drive with the team in the 2007 24 Hours of Daytona.[25]

On August 5, 2007, during the Firestone Indy 400, Foyt was involved in a seven-car accident in which Dario Franchitti's vehicle was sent airborne and then came down on Foyt's car. While Foyt was uninjured, Franchitti's car left visible tire marks on Foyt's helmet.[26] Foyt's crew was able to repair the car and get him back on the track where he completed enough laps to finish eighth. The following week at the Meijer Indy 300, Foyt's crew gave him great pit stops which allowed him to take to lead with ten laps remaining. Even though Foyt was passed a few laps later by Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon, he managed to hold on the rest of the way and drive to a career-best 3rd-place finish, the first Top-5 finish of his career. It was also the best finish in Vision Racing's team history, tying Tomas Scheckter's third-place finish at the Milwaukee Mile in 2006.[27]

2008Edit

 
Signing autographs in 2008

Foyt returned to be one of Vision Racing's drivers in the 2008 24 Hours of Daytona.[28] He returned to the Vision team for the 2008 IndyCar Series driving the No. 2 car that was formerly driven by Tomas Scheckter.[29]

On March 28, Foyt seemed to have earned a career best start for an IndyCar Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the 2008 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Indy 300 with the third best qualifying time.[30] His Vision Racing teammate, Ed Carpenter also earned a career best start with the 2nd best qualifying time.[30] However, both cars failed technical inspection, meaning they had to start at the rear of the field.[30] Foyt drove his No. 2 entry from the last position (25th) to a ninth-place finish in the race.[2][15]

Two races later at Twin Ring Motegi in Japan, Foyt had his first top-10 start of the season for the Indy Japan 300 when qualifying was rained out. The starting grid was based on driver points standings. Of the drivers there, Foyt was eighth in the championship points standings.[31] He was helped with some drivers ahead of him racing in the Grand Prix of Long Beach. Foyt had contact with the wall, forcing him to retire from the race early, with a 15th-place finish.[32]

The following week at Kansas Speedway, Foyt and his teammate Ed Carpenter shared the third row, with Foyt qualifying 5th. It was his best career start and second top-10 start in a row. In the RoadRunner Turbo Indy 300, Foyt had his chances of a high finish end as his car was caught in the pits when an accident involving Buddy Rice occurred.[33] Foyt would drive to an eighth-place finish. Foyt's best finish of the season came in the Iowa Corn Indy 250 in June at the Iowa Speedway where he finished fifth. Foyt finished the season 19th in the points standings.[15]

2009–2010Edit

Vision Racing was unable to secure sponsorship to run a second car in 2009, leaving Foyt out of a ride.[34] He returned to the Foyt-Greer Racing team for the 2009 Indianapolis 500, driving the No. 41 vehicle.[35] Foyt finished 16th on the lead lap as his teammate Vítor Meira was injured in a late-race crash.[36] Paul Tracy was drafted as the substitute driver for Meira at the next race, but Foyt stepped into the car for his home race at Texas Motor Speedway.[37] Ryan Hunter-Reay drove the car for the rest of the season and Texas would be Foyt's last race of 2009.[15]

In 2010, he was again entered in a second Foyt Enterprises car for the Indy 500. After the morning practice session on the final day of qualifying A. J. Foyt IV and his grandfather got in an argument regarding the car's setup resulting in the younger A. J. quitting the team.[38] Jaques Lazier was drafted in on short notice to qualify the car but was not fast enough to make the field.[39]

Post-racing careerEdit

Foyt has been employed by the Indianapolis Colts since 2010 as a scouting assistant.[40][41] He also went into partnership with his cousin Larry Foyt in the wine business following the conclusion of his racing career,[42][43] opening the Foyt Wine Vault in Speedway, Indiana, in May 2015 with the support of A. J. Foyt.[43]

Motorsports career resultsEdit

American Open-Wheel racing resultsEdit

(key)

Indy LightsEdit

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Rank Points Ref
2002 A. J. Foyt Enterprises KAN
1
NSH
4
MIS
1
KTY
1
STL
9
CHI
6
TXS
1
1st 290 [44]

IRL IndyCar SeriesEdit

Source:[45]

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rank Points
2003 A.J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara IR-03 Toyota Indy V8 HMS
17
PHX
18
INDY
18
PPIR
22
NSH
17
STL
17
NZR
11
CHI
17
21st 198
G-Force GF09 MOT
18
TXS
21
RIR
21
KAN
15
MIS
14
KTY
17
FON
17
TX2
22
2004 A.J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara IR-04 Toyota Indy V8 TXS
15
PHX
14
MOT
15
INDY
33
TXS
22
RIR
11
KAN
13
NSH
16
MIL
16
MIS
15
KTY
18
PPIR
21
NZR
15
CHI
16
FON
19
TX2
10
18th 232
2005 A.J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara IR-05 Toyota Indy V8 HMS
9
PHX
14
STP
21
MOT
14
INDY
28
TXS
18
RIR
14
KAN
16
NSH
12
MIL
21
MIS
12
20th 231
Chevrolet Indy V8 KTY
9
PPIR
21
SNM CHI
11
WGL FON
21
2006 Andretti Green Racing Dallara IR-05 Honda HI6R V8 HMS STP MOT INDY WGL TXS RIR KAN NSH MIL MIS KTY SNM CHI
14
26th 16
2007 Vision Racing Dallara IR-05 Honda HI7R V8 HMS
18
STP
13
MOT
13
KAN
9
INDY
14
MIL
13
TXS
17
IOW
12
RIR
13
WGL
15
NSH
12
MDO
13
MIS
8
KTY
3
SNM
15
DET
9
CHI
10
14th 315
2008 Vision Racing Dallara IR-05 Honda HI7R V8 HMS
9
STP
11
MOT1
15
LBH1
DNP
KAN
8
INDY
21
MIL
17
TXS
12
IOW
5
RIR
24
WGL
19
NSH
22
MDO
18
EDM
12
KTY
20
SNM
20
DET
10
CHI
13
SRF2
17
19th 280
2009 A.J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara IR-05 Honda HI7R V8 STP LBH KAN INDY
16
MIL TXS
20
IOW RIR WGL TOR EDM KTY MDO SNM CHI MOT HMS 33rd 26
2010 A.J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara IR-05 Honda HI7R V8 SAO STP ALA LBH KAN INDY
Wth3
TXS IOW WGL TOR EDM MDO SNM CHI KTY MOT HMS NC
1 Run on same day.
2 Non-points paying, exhibition race.
3 Foyt was entered, practiced, and made a qualifying attempt on Pole Day, but failed to make the top 24. On Bump Day, he quit the team and was replaced by Jaques Lazier.
Years Teams Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)
Top 10s
(Non-podium)
Indianapolis 500
Wins
Championships
7 3 84 0 0 1 8 0 0

Indy 500 resultsEdit

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2003 Dallara Toyota 23 18 Foyt
2004 Dallara Toyota 21 33 Foyt
2005 Dallara Toyota 28 28 Foyt
2007 Dallara Honda 18 14 Vision
2008 Dallara Honda 31 21 Vision
2009 Dallara Honda 25 16 Foyt
2010 Dallara Honda DNQ Foyt

NASCAREdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led; small number denotes finishing position.)

Busch SeriesEdit

NASCAR Busch Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 NBSC Pts Ref
2005 Akins Motorsports 38 Dodge DAY CAL MXC LVS ATL NSH BRI TEX PHO TAL DAR RCH CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY CHI NHA PPR GTY IRP GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM
32
TEX
39
PHO
42
HOM
24
87th 241 [17]
2006 Braun-Akins Racing DAY
42
CAL
38
MXC
21
LVS
37
ATL
33
BRI
35
TEX
41
NSH PHO TAL 74th 400 [23]
FitzBradshaw Racing 14 Dodge RCH
DNQ
DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY CHI NHA MAR GTY IRP GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM TEX PHO HOM

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External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Townsend Bell
(Indy Lights)
Infiniti Pro Series Champion
2002
Succeeded by
Mark Taylor